how can a business survive in cyber chaos?

Statistics are disturbing even when working under normal conditions, but in the current period of crisis, the number of challenges facing Lithuanian institutions is increasing and it may become more and more difficult to overcome them. Two years ago, the COVID-19 pandemic exposed vulnerabilities, where the inevitable rush to remote work became a severe test of the resilience of many companies, while creating a breeding ground for cybercriminals. Soon, security professionals began to send alarm bells about the war in Ukraine and the possible major consequences in the field of digital security. We hear many examples of failed institutions around us, from whose mistakes we can learn so that we don’t have to learn from our own.

5 steps to cyber security

Cyber ​​security professionals offer some simple tips you can take to protect your data and your employees:

Do an inventory to assess your risk. Make a list of all devices used in the company: include desktops and laptops, mobile phones, printers, etc. Don’t forget to include software you use, bank accounts, cloud services. Making a list will make it easier to understand where and what can fail, what needs to be protected.

Define security policies. Be sure to let employees know why this is an important topic, why only authorized personnel can enter the office, or why they shouldn’t be using personal devices to access work-related data. Learn about the risks of connecting to public Wi-Fi hotspots.

Set controls. The first step is to set secure and unique passwords for each employee; use two-factor authentication for added security. Use security software to protect against malware. Consider implementing encryption as an additional layer of data protection. Establish an action plan for employees to follow in the event of a security issue or incident.

Educate employees. Keep in mind that raising employee cybersecurity awareness is an ongoing process. Even employees who are aware of the threats can fall for simple phishing emails. letter traps.

Do regular checks. After implementing all the previous steps, do not give up. You should reassess your facility’s security measures at least once a year, and even more frequently during times of crisis. Make sure employees follow your guidelines, that software is up-to-date, and don’t forget to remove accounts and access from employees who have left the facility.

And what’s next?

By following the recommendations, you will raise the security of your company to a higher level, but it does not mean that you will completely avoid attacks. The most important thing when they happen is to know who to call, where to ask for help, because threats can appear in various forms and shapes. Constant interest in cyber security news, sharing experiences with useful contacts, implementation of good practices can help to avoid serious consequences. You can do all this on September 7. after arriving at the cyber security conference, which will be held at the Litexpo exhibition and congress center in Vilnius.

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